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Monday, December 10, 2007

{Faith Discovery} Challenge ~ 2008

Hello there! My name is Dahlia and I have been so blessed to be a part of this awesome family here at Faith Sisters. Not only am I currently on the Creative Team but, also a designer at our shop. So far, it has been one of the greatest experiences I've had this year and I'm so looking forward to what's in store for the new year 2008! Great things are happening already and with this year coming to a close, you can expect to see awesome things take place very soon! So don't miss out and please visit us often to stay informed!

My reason for this post is to get the word out for another new weekly challenge that I'm so excited about! First of all, before I go any further let me ask you this... Are you ready to go on a journey deeper into your faith and scrap about real life issues that many of us face? We all scrap about good things and that's perfectly okay but, what about those "less than stellar" memories? What about things that you discovered about yourself that you never knew? What about scrapbooking the every day details of life? What about lessons that we have yet to learn that have not been brought to our attention or issues that we are still continuing to deal with? Maybe we have had moments--good or bad--in our lives that have shaped our character, our integrity, and our faith. And maybe we find it hard to recall those things because we don't really have the inspiration or the motivation to "scrap outside the box" or in other words, explore our faith outside the boundaries of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. So for that reason, I'm so honored and grateful for this opportunity to host weekly challenges every Monday starting in January 2008, called "FAITH DISCOVERY". I'm so excited to see what God does through this and know that it will be such a blessing to see what everyone will come up with. There are no rules to this challenge except to enjoy and create to your heart's content. We each have a unique story that is worth telling so we're not here to judge one another's experiences but, to embrace the life that we have lived and continue to live in the light of God's grace in every circumstance. We all have had lessons in life that can be used to encourage and empower others especially our children and loved ones. We all have visions and promises that He has given us that we are holding on to by faith. And we all have had our faith stretched to the point of giving up but, still found ourselves clinging on to His Words and found that miracles are possible if we have faith. So here is a chance to scrap about all these things that we normally would not think about and of course add it on to our collections of faith legacy albums! Hopefully, as we reflect on our experiences it will give us a deeper look into ourselves and see how by God's grace we are being transformed into His beautiful image. I pray it will give us a deeper understanding of who we are as a child of God and wisdom to help us to become the person God has called us to be. And may those of you who participate, have a greater appreciation for your relationship with Jesus and that your faith will increase immeasurably as we discover that we have POWER within us when we exercise that faith!

Lastly, just be sure to post your layouts in our gallery so we can learn from one another and also praise each other for our God-given creations. Another awesome part to this challenge is that I will occasionally be giving free downloads to those who participate which will be both compatible for digital and paper scrapbookers. So please feel free to join in at any time throughout the year! And be sure to check the forums for any updates or announcements under Inspirational Challenges in the Faithbooking & Scrapbooking board. I know there are plenty of wonderful challenges being hosted here at Faith Sisters which gives you alot of reasons to faithbook and will provide tons of creative inspiration and hopefully you'll find FAITH DISCOVERY CHALLENGES to be one of them. I look forward to meeting you and seeing your awesome layouts inspired by this challenge! So please spread the word and share the good news about all that's going on here at Faith Sisters! Blessings!

Here are a few of many verses that have inspired me for this challenge!

2 Corinthians 5:7 ~ "We live by faith, not by sight."

Ephesians 2:8 ~ "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

Hebrews 11:1 ~ "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Hebrews 11:6 ~ "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

2 Timothy 4:7 ~ "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

James 1:2-4 ~ "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."


Sunny said...

This is very exciting!! Thanks for sharing this and for all you do~

Michelle McVaney said...

woohooo! I am so excited about this Dahlia!

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great opportunity for me to work on strengthening my faith and relationship with the Lord which is my number one priority for 2008!! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Praise God! He led me to Patter's blog on another forum, which led me to the Scripture Challenge, which led me to Faith Sisters, which lead me to the Faith Discovery Challenge-during a time of EXTREME difficulty. His timing is always perfect. 2008 is going to be an AMAZING year:)

Anonymous said...

I am so excited about this! My 7gypsies ATC holder is wrapped and under the tree and I'm ready for the Scripture Challenge; and then to hear about this one - I am so thrilled to have found you and I am looking forward to everything God is leading you to do in 2008!!!!

Melanie Morales
Amarillo, TX

Cheryl said...

This site has been the most tremendous blessing in my life. Thanks for stepping out and leading this series of challenges. I am looking forward to what God has in store for us - and looking forward to growing in our faith together as sisters!

Sherry said...

WOW. So cool. Where is that pic of the statue at?

Dahlia Co said...

Hello everyone!

Thank you for sharing your comments about the challenge! I know this challenge will give us that opportunity to grow!
The picture was taken in Monterey, Ca. My husband and I saw while taking a walk... It reminds me of the verse, "If anyone would come after me, He must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." I chose this picture because it expresses that everyday we have to make that choice to follow Jesus regardless of how hard it can be to deny our flesh and the things of this world. It also encourages me that our FAITH in Him is what will help us to make daily sacrifices to follow him if we do take up our cross...